25 Aug Cam Newton welcomed by ‘Hoyster’ and ‘Stiddy’ in Patriots’ QB workouts – New England Patriots Blog
Fast-hit ideas and notes from across the New England Patriots and NFL:
1. How Cam was welcomed by fellow QBs: Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer needed to really feel no less than a bit of little bit of a sting when the Patriots agreed to a one-year contract with Cam Newton in late June. After two months of main voluntary participant exercises at an area highschool in suburban Boston — which mirrored their standing as the highest contenders to interchange Tom Brady — the complete dynamic shifted with Newton’s arrival.
So what did Stidham and Hoyer do?
They invited Newton to affix them.
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If ever there was an instance of placing the staff first — which is among the core tenets of Invoice Belichick’s Patriots program — this was it. Sure, Stidham and Hoyer will nonetheless compete for the beginning job, however opening the door for somebody with a embellished résumé like Newton, which hurts their probabilities, could not have been straightforward.
“Jarrett and I had talked and mentioned, ‘If anybody is on the town, usually we might be doing this proper now, and we’ve got to be good about it.’ So we form of put it collectively [in May]. Then as soon as Cam got here alongside, we had one or two extra classes, and we did that,” Hoyer defined. “Look, that is the NFL. Individuals come within the room, you embrace it and also you’re teammates.”
Previous to that time, the quarterbacks had been engaged on separate coasts, with Newton in Los Angeles and Stidham and Hoyer (who has determined to make New England his everlasting dwelling) nearer to Gillette Stadium.
Now they’re collectively, with Newton already referring to his fellow quarterbacks by the nicknames “Hoyster” and “Stiddy.”
“These guys have been unbelievable all through this course of,” Newton mentioned.
2. Staying wholesome: For the reason that Patriots started testing two weeks in the past, on July 27, they have not positioned anybody on the COVID-19/reserve checklist. Whereas they’d an NFL-high eight gamers decide out of the season, they’re one among simply six groups to not place a participant on the COVID-19/reserve checklist thus far. The opposite groups in that class are the Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. A participant is positioned on the checklist by both testing optimistic or being uncovered to somebody with a optimistic take a look at.
3. Newton’s shoulder and foot: Ever because the Patriots signed Newton, two phrases which have routinely been a part of the media-based dialogue on how he impacts the staff’s QB image have been “if wholesome.” Newton offered context on how he is feeling after having proper shoulder and left foot surgical procedures over the previous two years, saying at this level he is a full go. However he additionally made it sound like there are extra hurdles for him to clear to be totally assured that he’ll be prepared for the grind of a season. “I do nonetheless have time,” he mentioned. “Working with the coaching employees right here, in addition to having all of the retailers at your disposal to get higher and to be as assured come opening day or when the staff might have you, I believe that is crucial factor.”
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4. Cam’s data: One factor that stood out Friday, when Patriots assistant coaches met with reporters, was offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels noting Newton’s grasp of the sport and work ethic. It introduced again recollections of 2007, when McDaniels and Patriots coaches mentioned the identical issues about Randy Moss. Newton has joked that the Patriots’ offense is like finding out calculus — one thing he took from an preliminary dialog with receiver Julian Edelman — and the early impression he is made on McDaniels might need been probably the most notable factor any Patriots assistant mentioned on Friday.
5. Influence of no followers: McDaniels often offers insightful solutions in his interplay with reporters, taking followers into the minds of coaches and all of the issues that go into offensive soccer. One instance: When requested by Nora Princiotti of The Ringer about how he might need to vary his method with signaling and communication if there are not any followers/restricted followers within the stands this season, McDaniels mentioned changes must be made. “If it is quieter, I believe there’s extra issues you must shield,” McDaniels mentioned. “You’d most likely self-scout your self extra with the tv copy, as a result of they’ve the mics all over. You need to watch out how a lot you are saying is definitely detectable. I believe it is extra about defending your self and never giving every part away.”
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6. No rookie jersey numbers: A practice of coach Invoice Belichick’s continues in 2020, with rookies not receiving their official jersey numbers upon arrival at Gillette Stadium. That is the third straight 12 months he is accomplished so, which is supposed to function a reminder to rookies, partly, about specializing in the issues which might be most necessary. The method has created a roadblock for followers trying to buy the jersey of their favourite rookie. Jerseys should develop into finalized every week earlier than the Sept. 13 opener in opposition to the Dolphins, if not sooner.
7. Shrinking media information: The Patriots’ annual media information — a beneficial assortment of knowledge to help reporters in protecting the staff — was unveiled final week and checked in at a strong 496 pages. That was barely lower than the 536 pages from final 12 months. One cause for the discount: Tom Brady took up 29½ pages within the ’19 information, which lined the 20 years of his profession. It is a reminder of the sizable void the staff is trying to fill.
8. Krafts’ affect in NFL: Proprietor Robert Kraft has been a longtime chairman of the league’s broadcast committee, with the NFL tapping into his experience that features his 2016 induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Corridor of Fame. Kraft will proceed within the function in 2020, with the league altering the title of the committee from “Broadcast” to “Media” — a mirrored image of the ever-evolving media panorama and the way streaming companies are a rising a part of the league’s enterprise. Kraft additionally serves on the compensation committee, finance committee and administration council/govt committee. In the meantime, Jonathan Kraft is chairman of the fan engagement and main occasions committee, in addition to a part of the legalized sports activities betting committee, enterprise ventures committee, and media owned and operated committee.
9. Ziegler on the rise: In naming former director of professional personnel Dave Ziegler the brand new assistant director of participant personnel, Belichick established that Ziegler is the No. 2-ranking member of the Patriots’ personnel division underneath Nick Caserio. Whereas Belichick just isn’t large on titles, that is nonetheless an enormous deal for Ziegler, who now strikes one step nearer to being on the radar for normal supervisor openings. Like Caserio and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, the 43-year-old Ziegler is a John Carroll College alum, and a few who’ve labored carefully with him — whether or not with the Broncos or Patriots — communicate extremely of his consideration to element, decisiveness and presence when presenting to coaches.
10. Did You Know: By suiting up for the Patriots this season, Newton will develop into the sixth Heisman Trophy winner (2010, Auburn) to play for the franchise. The others are working again Joe Bellino (1960, Navy) and quarterbacks John Huarte (1964, Notre Dame), Jim Plunkett (1970, Stanford), Doug Flutie (1984, Boston School) and Vinny Testaverde (1986, Miami).